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SAFETYmatters - Case Report: Occupational Needlestick to Recombinant Vaccinia Virus

The October 25, 2019 issue of the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR)1 includes a case report of a laboratory-acquired infection with a recombinant vaccinia virus (VACV). Laboratorians, particularly those that work with VACV are highly encouraged to read the report (see link below). As a reminder, University of Iowa staff working with VACV are offered the vaccine, at no cost to the employee. Additional information VACV immunization can be found on the EHS Vaccinia Immunization webpage.


1. Whitehouse ER, Rao AK, Yu YC, et al. Novel Treatment of a Vaccinia Virus Infection from an Occupational Needlestick — San Diego, California, 2019. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2019;68:943–946. DOI: